Latinas are lowest-paid in the US, report says
Pay below the national average persists among the majority of Latino women, who earn, on average, 40 percent less than white non-Hispanic men, according to the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.
The LCLAA, which represents 2 million Latino union members, presented a report stating that Hispanic males also earn less than their Anglo and African-American peers.
Specifically, women of Hispanic origin in 2010 earned an average of $508 per week, compared with $592 for black women and $684 for white-non-Hispanic females.
“Sixty-five percent of the Latino women in this country only have a middle school education or less, and the level of education defines in large part the opportunities that a woman can take advantage of in the labor market,” Andrea Delgado, one of the authors of the report, told Efe.
Delgado said that the majority of Hispanic women work in businesses linked to retail sales, food preparation, cleaning houses and buildings, health assistance and childcare, among others.
“They are jobs in which a Latina doesn’t earn enough to support a family and get ahead,” Delgado said.
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